This article is sponsored by our good friends at Two Rivers Olive Oil in Beaver. If you are looking for a particular type of vinegar or olive oil, this is the place to find it. They also have tons of unique options that make excellent gifts!
Two Rivers Olive Oil Company is proud to announce the addition of the second location on Locust Place, Sewickley. For hours and inquiries, please call 412-356-5148. To find out more about Two River’s products and stores, visit tworiversoliveoil.com
While prepping my celebration of National Milk Chocolate Day at Grandpa Joe’s, a nice woman walked in and was asking for directions for Two Rivers Olive Oil.
I have heard from a few other people that they too were having some problems locating the store. It’s tucked back between stores on Third Street so it is a little tough to find! I want to make sure everyone can find it ok. How else will you be able to try all of their delicious goodies?!?
SO let me clarify their location! If you are driving into Beaver on Route 68 from the direction of Rochester, it is directly past the first red light on the right side. You will pass Philly Originals, Café Kolache, Biba (at this point, I would image you would be pretty hungry), Artsy Doodle and Kathleen’s.
How to Find Two Rivers Olive Oil
Two Rivers Olive Oil is between Artsy Doodle and Kathleen’s. There is a small sign above the walkway and the store is tucked back about 40 feet.
If you are coming from the direction of Vanport, you would want to park on the right side of the street on the block that houses the police station, Waffles Inc, and the Girl Scout Store.
Hopefully that makes it a little easier to find! Since the street is tree lined, I noticed this morning as I left Grandpa Joe’s that the sign to their shop was somewhat shaded. It’s there though! I promise! It is connected to the Kathleen’s building – so once you see her shop, you are there!
How to Shop at Two Rivers Olive Oil
Another thing that I have heard from a few people is that they are a little confused on how the process works when you actually get into the store, so I thought I would go through that as well!
In the last article, I talked about Two Rivers being a tasting room. This means that you are actually supposed to taste everything before you buy it. How do you do that? Well, it just couldn’t be easier!
When you walk into the store, you will notice stainless steel containers called fustis lining the walls and in the center of the room. The fustis along the walls contain the oils – both olive and specialty, and the fustis in the center of the store are the vinegars.
There are so many different flavor options with both the oil and vinegar. Spicy, sweet, tart, tangy… Whatever your hankerin, they will have something for you. Today, I went in looking for spicy, so I picked up jalapeno white vinegar and because I can’t say no to chocolate, I tasted the dark chocolate dark balsamic (which would be fantastic on strawberries).
So walk inside, take a peek around. You will see on each fusti a white card. This card will give you all of the information you need! On the flavored oils and vinegars, it gives a colorful description of the flavor. It also gives suggestions on how to use it, whether that is as a marinade, dressing or dipping sauce.
Finally it points out pairing suggestions – that is, the other half of the flavored oil/vinegar combo that would be perfect. On the unflavored Ultra Premium oils, the white info card gives more of the chemical composition of the oil. It also provides the flavor profile as well as the crush date and country of origin.
Find a flavor that sounds delicious and that you want to try out– it won’t take you long. Next to each fusti is a stack of small plastic cups. These are what you use to taste. Turn the silver handle and get a splash in the cup. Now get to tasting!
I mentioned in the last article that the vinegars are so smooth, you can just sip the sample. That’s no exaggeration! However, if you have reservations about taking a mouthful of vinegar or oil, there is also bread on the counter to use to dip and taste.
Once you find the perfect oil or vinegar, make sure you talk to one of the very helpful folks that will be there working. They will be able to help you with the flavors and pairings just like the cards do, only with a lovely conversation and smile to go along with it.
For instance today’s purchase, the Jalapeno White Balsamic, pairs fabulously with their Cilantro and Roasted Onion Olive Oil. Those two drizzled on some quinoa with black beans, tomatoes and corn would make for a great tasting side dish!
Although a tasting room is probably different from what you are used to, it is so easy to navigate around and find a flavor that suits your taste and needs perfectly! Make your way there and let me know what flavors you liked!
Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!